Welcome to 1979. Any of this look familiar?
Egyptian protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and pulled down the American flag during a protest over what they said was a film being produced in the United States that insulted Prophet Mohammad, witnesses said.
In place of the U.S. flag, the protesters tried to raise a black flag with the words “There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger”, a Reuters reporter said.
Once the U.S. flag was hauled down, protesters tore it up, with some showing off small pieces to television cameras. Then others burned remains.
“This movie must be banned immediately and an apology should be made … This is a disgrace,” said 19-year-old, Ismail Mahmoud, a member of the so-called “ultras” soccer supporters who played a big role in the uprising that brought down Hosni Mubarak last year.
Many Muslims consider any depiction of the Prophet to be offensive.
Mahmoud called on President Mohamed Mursi, Egypt’s first civilian president and an Islamist, to take action. Many others were supporters of Islamist groups.
The movie in question is apparently big news in the Arab world, if it even exists…
Iran’s FARS news agency says the film is the work of a group of “extremist” members of the Egyptian Coptic Church in the United States.
Al Ahram online says the film is reportedly being produced by U.S.-based Coptic-Christian Egyptians, including Esmat Zaklama and Morees Sadek, with the support of the Terry Jones Church in the United States.
Jones is the evangelical pastor who stirred controversy last year by threatening to burn a Quran in public.
CNN says the film in question is a Dutch production.
The AP says clips of the film available on YouTube show the prophet having sex and question his role as the messenger of God’s words.
What’s our embassy’s response to being violated by a bunch of animals?
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims â?? as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.
Meanwhile, Benjamin Netanyahu asked for a sit-down with Obama while he’s in America for a UN meeting in New York, and got shot down.
We’re giving Egypt a billion dollars a year in foreign aid so that barbarians can storm our gates, desecrate our flag and humiliate our embassy – with either the tacit approval or weak assent of their government.
There is nothing to save in Egypt other than the Copts who are being slaughtered and crucified there.
Americans might not be in the mood to take in large quantities of immigrants, but the barbarians who are taking control of Egypt will perpetrate a holocaust of the Coptic Christians in that country – and we have a moral obligation to prevent it. Particularly given that it was our president and many of our other politicians who enthusiastically approved the dethronement of Hosni Mubarak, who might have been a sonofabitch but who at least kept a lid on the animals who constitute the majority of the citizenry of that hellish country. There were no Copts crucified in the streets of Cairo while Mubarak was in power; since his ouster the condition of those people, persecuted in Egypt even in good times, has grown demonstrably worse. And it will grow worse still.
It should be remembered that the Copts are not Somali refugees or Hmong tribesmen, assimilation into American culture for whom is nearly impossible. The Copts are the most educated, professional, Westernized and prosperous people in Egypt. Taking them in would mean brain-draining a failed Egyptian society and actually adding to the U.S. economy.
It’s time for America to pull out of Egypt. It’s time to vacate the embassy before its personnel end up hostages of the animals just like Tehran in 1979. It’s time to stop pouring good billions after bad in a country which is no longer an American ally. And it’s time to save as many Copts as we can, while we still can.